Old Pictures in Florence

Florence: Giulio Giannini & Son, [1923]. Sixteenmo pamphlet, measuring 5.75 x 3.75 inches: [48]. Original red, green, and yellow patterned paper wrappers, pastedown label to upper wrapper. Two black-and-white views of Florence; seven halftone reproductions of paintings printed on rectos only. Endnotes at rear. Occasional spot of foxing.

Florentine pocket edition of Robert Browning’s 1855 meditation on early Italian Renaissance painters: “There stands the Master. Study, my friends, / What a man’s work comes to! So he plans it, / Performs it, perfects it, makes amends / For the toiling and moiling, and then, sic transit!” Printed by Giulio Giannini, who specialized in attractive souvenirs of Italy for English tourists abroad. A near-fine example of an ephemeral production, bound in patterned Florentine paper.

Price: $35.00

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